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Updated February 11, 2023

Andy Lewis, Chairman of the Board

Andy runs the day-to-day operations of a plastic wear and friction testing and test equipment manufacturing company and is VP of GMT Games responsible for Game Submissions and Development. His two jobs and growing family keep him very busy. He started gaming in 1971 with D-Day. He has attended Avaloncon/WBC for 19 years and been a GM for 17. He owes a lot to this convention since it is directly responsible for bringing his wife into the hobby. His position with GMT arose from his desire to help the hobby by playtesting for AH, and then GMT which led to developing SaratogaPaths of Glory, and others.

Favorite Games: We The People, ASL, El Grande, Stock Car Championship Racing, Santa Fe Rails, Replay Baseball, Combat Commander


Ken Gutermuth, Executive Director and WBC Convention Director

Ken recently retired from being vice president of Corporate Planning, Analysis & Systems for CommScope in Hickory, North Carolina. He has been gaming since 1975 when he played his first game of Panzer Leader. Ken has attended Avaloncon/WBC since its inception and has been a GM and Assistant GM for many titles. His achievements at Avaloncon led to his election in 1997 to the Avaloncon Hall of Fame. Ken was Convention Director for BPA's Enlightenment mini-con.

Favorite GamesAge of RenaissancePaths of Glory, Everdell


Bruno Passacantando, Treasurer

Bruno has returned as Treasurer to replace Ken as he moves into his Convention Director role. Bruno is a CPA and owner of a CPA practice in Marlborough, CT. Prior to opening his practice, he had worked for Ernst & Young, an international accounting firm, and had been Controller for two Connecticut corporations. Risk and Strat-O-Matic Baseball and Football were the first games played by Bruno in the late 60s and early 70s. In 1977, he purchased Gettysburg ’77 and SPI’s Cobra, which finally provided an outlet for his lifelong interest in the Civil War. More than 60% of his modest game collection are Civil War titles. In 1993, the GENERAL ran an indepth recap of AvalonCon, and that article alone spurred Bruno to attend the following year and ever since. It still amazes him that such close kinship has been created among gamers who meet only once per


Andrew Drummond, Secretary

Andrew is a Manager at Rogers Communications in Toronto, ON, Canada. There he manages strategic pricing of large enterprise telecom accounts. He has been a gamer his entire life from the age of 4 constantly bugging his parents to play chess or whatever other game he could find. At age 9 he discovered Axis and Allies and in high school Diplomacy which opened him to the greater world of competitive gaming. In 2015 he wrote an article for his local game store entitled “WBC: The Nirvana of Serious Boardgaming” which sums up how he feels about the convention. While he tends much more to the Eurogaming side now, Andrew still likes to ensure that he spends some of WBC playing games that are entirely new to him. Andrew is also well known at WBC for his cosplay as he GMs various games including Orleans, Can’t Stop, Jr. Splendor, and Jr. Facts in Four.

Favorite Games: Vegas Showdown, Castles of Mad King Ludwig, Titan: The Arena, Santa Fe Rails, Kremlin, Facts in Five


Ralph Gleaton, Legal Counsel

Ralph is currently the managing partner of Gleaton Wyatt Hewitt, PA a law firm in Greenville, South Carolina, that focuses on acting as a general counsel to entrepreneurs and entrepreneurial owned businesses. Prior to going into private practice 11 years ago, he was a prosecutor in South Carolina handling cases from petty misdemeanors to capitol murder. He began playing any game he could find when he was young but went into a game hiatus when he entered college for lack of people to play with. Fortunately for him, when he moved to Greenville he met the Greenville Mafia and plays all manor of games with them weekly. He attended his first WBC in 2001 and has been to every WBC since.

Favorite Games: Up Front, Successors


Kaarin Engelmann, WBC Asst. Convention Director (Web, Social Media, Public Relations)

Kaarin is a freelance writer, editor, and business consultant based in Springfield, Virginia. In 1989, she and her husband formed Engelmann Military Simulations, which published three games: Rise and Fall, Shattered States, and Crisis Games: Colombia. Kaarin became truly addicted to gaming after attending the last AvalonCon, in 1998. Kaarin has attended almost every WBC and has served as a GM for both adult and junior events. She received the BPA’s Sportswoman of the Year award in 2002 and 2008. She was appointed to the BPA Board of Directors to fill out the remaining term of Stuart Tucker who resigned after the 2004 WBC and won election in 2005. She served on the board of directors through 2014. In 2005, she became Assistant Convention Director and BPA Webmaster.

Favorite Games: Here I Stand, Puerto Rico, Stock Car Championship Racing, Twilight Struggle, British Rails


Charles Kibler, Asst. Convention Director (Publications)

Charles is currently a freelance graphic designer, specializing in art for board-wargame components. He worked as an artist and designer at Avalon Hill Game Company from 1981 to 1995, and then at several Baltimore-area software firms. He designed “Red Barricades,” the first historical module for the ASL system, as well as the original rules & missions for ASL Solitaire. At the WBC, Charles & his wife Judy can usually be found behind the registration desk. Charles is an avid American Civil War re-enactor, donning blue or gray as the situation demands, and prefers the authentic/progressive ACW events.

Favorite Games: ASL, Wrasslin’, Robo-Rally, Mille-Borne


Michael Kiefte, App Developer

Michael is a professor of communication disorders at Dalhousie University, in Halifax, Nova Scotia, Canada. He has been an avid board gamer most of his life, competed in chess tournaments as a child, and developed a specific interest in strategic/war games as a teenager. Michael volunteered on the Nova Scotia Scholastic Chess Association board and helped run a chess club in a local elementary school. Michael is a developer for VASSAL, frequent contributor of Java code, and developed the Combat Commander Random Scenario Generator app for iOS. Michael has been attending WBC with and without his sons since 2012 and has been GM for Virgin Queen.

Favourite games: Twilight Struggle, Here I Stand, Virgin Queen, Labyrinth, 1989, Combat Commander


Scott Buckwalter, Open Gaming Coordinator

Update Pending


Megan Byrd, Juniors Program Coordinator

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